October 25, 2016
[Media Tasting Event] The Poké Box

I had the pleasure of being invited to a Private Tasting & Media Event by Patrick (@FeedMyPhone) at The Poké Box and of course I couldn’t say no to that. The Poké Box (TBP) is located at 36 Toronto Street, about a 10 minutes walk away from my office which makes it a convenient option for a quick lunch whenever I feel like a walk is needed out of my busy work day.

The event was set for 5:30pm but I decided to get there earlier to help out with setting things up. The place is brightly lit and there are TBP balloons set up for the private tasting event.

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20161017_170609_HDRShot of the restaurant. Kitchen staff and owners setting up for the event. On the far right wall, you can find the menu and ingredients in each box, should you decide you wanted to go with a pre-made box.

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Name tags done by the very talented Jenny (@cardsbyJD)

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At TPB, they believe that there’s no need for dieting fads or counting calories, that everyone is entitled to delicious nutritious meals and they should have the ability to customize their poke box to their preferences. In this shot, I’ve chosen the following options for my customized box.

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On the side, you get to see the options for your customized box if you decide that you want to be adventurous

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Me and my name tag. I can’t get over how cute this is

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I honestly wanted to take this balloon home with me

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Quick shot of the Poke Box samples and name card, designed by yours truly.

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All the food bloggers doing what they do best, taking awesome food shots.

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Super Food area, with my rather sloppy name card writing,haha. I thought this needed some oomph to it, it was a little plain but of course that’s to be expected, it is super food afterall.
In the Box : Zucchini Noodles, Beet, Fresh Salmon Sashimi, Crunchy Kale, Edamame, Avocado, Seaweed Salad, Tobiko and Coconut Shavings to top it off.

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All the goodies inside the Signature Poke Box.
In the Box : Seasoned Tuna and Salmon, Mango Chilli, Seaweed Salad, Cucumber,Crab Salad, Edamame, Roasted Seaweed and Ginger Miso

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Awesome photo props by Jenny. Check her out if you haven’t already!

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Remember my paper filled out with my options? This is the end result and what a beaut this is! Could’ve used more spicy mayo at this point. I ended up asking for more spicy mayo, and all was well.

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No private tasting event ends without boozies. *Glass chinks*


Overall, this being my first time having poke, I have to say I truly enjoyed the food and variety of ingredients. The sashimi were really fresh and with that spicy mayo? Superb. It’s like having sushi in a deconstructed salad form and what’s there not to like about that? My only “cons” would probably be the fact that there isn’t really any seating space and the fish could perhaps be cut a little bigger? I do like my protein.

Big thanks to Patrick for hosting that meet-up and TPB for feeding us all. You guys did a great job and I totally loved that blind tasting challenge. Winning first place in that helped too, it re-affirmed the theory that I should quit my career as a designer and be a professional taste-tester.

Check out The Poké Box!
36 Toronto Street

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